The Borough of Moscow is proud to be able to provide to you this site as a resource of our community information and as a community guide. It is our intention that this will assist in answering questions you may have concerning the Borough Council and the role of the different Borough Departments.  Regardless of whether you are a permanent resident of Moscow, or are simply visiting, we hope you will take the time to appreciate the Borough and the people in it and by all means, feel free to contact the Borough office or stop by if you have any questions.


Mayor and Council - Borough of Moscow



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Borough Council Meeting: Nov. 1, 2021




Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, this notice hereby gives public notice of the Moscow Borough Council’s intent to enact a proposed comprehensive amendment to the 2008 Moscow Borough Zoning Ordinance at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Council at 7:00 PM on Monday, November 1, 2021, at the Moscow Borough Municipal Building, 123 VanBrunt Street, Moscow. A summary of the comprehensive zoning amendment is as follows:


Article I – General Provisions; Article II – Community Development Objectives; Article III – Definitions; Article IV – Establishment of Districts; Article V – Land-Use Regulations; Article VI – Lot and Yard Regulations; Article VII – Specific-Use Development Requirements; Article VIII – Supplemental Regulations; Article VIII-A – Environmental Protection Regulations; Article IX – Sign Regulations; Article IX-A – Medical Marijuana Facilities; Article IX-B – Oil and Gas Exploration, Extraction, and Development; Article IX-C – Commercial Outdoor Shooting Ranges; Article X – Off-Street Parking and Loading; Article XI – Non-Conforming Uses and Structures; Article XII – Administration and Enforcement.


The public hearing for the comprehensive amendment was held at 6:00 PM on October 4, 2021, at the Moscow Borough Municipal Building.


Copies of the proposed comprehensive amendment are available for public inspection at the Moscow Borough Municipal Building during regular business hours; at the Lackawanna County Regional Planning Commission, 123 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton; during regular business hours; and online at


Constance Sanko

Borough Secretary



Yard Waste Area now REOPEN 

Leaf Pick-up Schedule posted 

See                                for details


Due to the Coronavirus, the Moscow Borough Building is closed to the General Public until further notice.   If you need to drop something off for the Police Department or Borough Office, you may leave it in the box next to the main entrance door during regular business hours, which are now 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until further notice.  If you need to pick something up, please contact the Borough Office to make arrangements, at 570-842-1699.


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History of Moscow

Moscow Borough was established in 1908 by citizens interested in creating improved services to their thriving community. W. B. Miller became the town's first Burgess.

The area we call Moscow was given that name at some point in the 1850s. Exactly how the name came to the area is not clear. Originally called Drinker's Beech and named for Henry Drinker, a Quaker from Philadelphia, who gained possession of nearly three square miles of land and began harvesting the local beech trees. A roadway carved through the wilderness cut through what we know today as Main Street or Route 435 was named Drinker Turnpike.

Some people believe that the Reverend Peter Rupert, a Lutheran minister, renamed the area after his former home in Moscow, Russia. There is no firm evidence that he, nor settlers from Russia, named the area. The Reverend Rupert did build a log cabin tavern to service stage coach travelers making the arduous journey between Philadelphia and the interior of New York State.

It is possible that the area could have easily been renamed Moscow at the whim of the first postmaster Leander Griffen who opened the settlement's first general store in 1854.

The construction of a rail line from Scranton to the transportation hub of Hoboken, New Jersey increased the importance of the area not only for commerce but also as a destination for vacationers, who used the rail lines to visit the numerous local hotels built in this beautiful country setting. By the early 1900's there was even a daily commuter train called "the accommodation train" bringing workers from Moscow to Scranton. Today, the Victorian-era Moscow railroad station is a reminder of the profound influence rail transportation has had on this area.

This area continues to grow in a family-friendly environment with its shops, restaurants, recreation and, of course, the train station and Steamtown excursions.